On a cold January night

Tonight I am thankful.  I am thankful for the warm clothing I am wearing.  The layers of wool and cotton I was able to afford.  I am thankful for the warm coat I wore on my way to where I’m writing tonight.  It is long enough to cover the parts that need to be covered and filled with one of nature’s best insulators, down.  I am thankful for the car I that brought me to where I am writing tonight.  It has all of its windows, a heater that works, and as an added bonus–heated seats.  I am thankful  for the warm house I will be able to go home to in a few hours after I have finished my work.  It has more than enough space for our family and provides protection on cold days like today.

I am thankful for the warming stations communities have opened up for those who do not have a warm place today.  I am thankful for modern weather predicting.  While it seems like the predictions that are made vary from the weather that actually appears, it at least gives people a chance to prepare.

For those of you who are feeling the effects of the bitter cold and winter storms now blanketing most of the Eastern part of the United States, stay warm and check on your neighbors.

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OLW 2018

I’ve been reading about OLW (One Little Word) and reading about other’s OLWs on blog posts and Twitter.  It is an interesting concept.  Instead of choosing a New Year’s resolution, people are choosing one word to guide them through the year.  Words I’ve seen include create, creative, patient, positive, flexible, learn, discover, peace…the list can go on and on.  I found it interesting to note that many of the OLWs were verbs and adjectives.  I guess that shouldn’t be too surprising as the word someone chooses is to describe what they are striving towards.  I’ve never picked on OLW before but I’ve dabbled with resolutions.  I say dabble because like most people, I do not complete or reach the end goal of my resolutions.  One year my resolutions were the write more blog posts and complete my dissertation.  I’m pretty sure neither happened as I didn’t finish my dissertation until 2017 and I’m pretty sure I didn’t write another blog post the rest of that year!  It can be exciting to make a resolution but soon it because the new Christmas toy; the kids played with the new toy the day after Christmas but rarely played with it from then on out.

Here it is the third day of 2018 and I haven’t decided if I should make a New Year’s resolution or choose a OLW.  I do have a 2018 to-do wish list.  Maybe, if I write the list out I will be able to find a common theme and pick my OLW from there.  Or, I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing while trying to enjoy this next trip around the sun.